Here we present some frequently asked questions.
How do we apply?
Please apply through the company application form on our website.
What kinds of companies are eligible to apply?
Please confirm the requirements here.
Can we apply even if we don’t speak English? Does the intern speak Japanese?
Yes, you may apply even if you don’t speak English. However, there is a possibility that the intern you accept won’t be able to speak Japanese well. In FY 2021, about half of our interns were able to speak Japanese at least daily conversational level or higher.
For more details, please visit "Language Proficiency of Interns" in the Results Report.
Can we participate even if not for the purpose of overseas business development?
Yes, you can. There have been companies in the past with other purposes such as, developing new business and developing inbound business.
For details, please visit"Introducing Case Studies in New Business Development/Innovation."
What is the burden (cost/expenses and time) on the company side?
A working environment where internship can be done smoothly
(e.g. network evironment, desk, mobile phone etc...)
Is it possible for the intern to visit our branch as part of the fieldwork?
Basically, internships should be done in the places where the executive secretariat designed facilities or workplaces.
What is the training content? Is it mandatory to attend all the trainings?
Yes, participation is mandatory. There are three training sessions: pre-training, kick-off training, and follow-up training during the internship period. For details, please check this content as described in "Running Internships" in the “Internship Process”.
Is it possible to select interns?
First, JIP office will conduct document screening, first and second interviews to narrow down the candidates. Then JIP office will recommend intern candidates based on their preferences, conditions and internship contents. The final decision will be made by the host company. For more details, please visit “the Internship Process”.
What is the purpose of the interns applying for this program?
Many of them hope to work in Japanese companies or work globally in the future.
When does the application process start?
Please check the page below.
Will there be a business information session?
Yes, to participate please apply from URL below.
Where can I apply from?
Please apply from the page below.
Who is eligible to apply?
Please check the requirements here.
I am an international student attending a Japanese university, can I apply?
If you are a foreign national residing in Japan and you come from a developing country listed in the OECD/DAC list, you are eligible to apply. Check the internship participation requirements here.
What's the Japanese and English level of proficiency required to participate?
Japanese language proficiency of approximately JLPT N3 or higher, and English language proficiency is required. Please, check the application requirements here for more details.
Can I change my application details if needed?
If you need to change your application details such as name, nationality, age, language proficiency, or current address, please contact the secretariat by e-mail.
In case there are other changes that may affect the selection process, we will contact you directly, so please wait for further instructions.
When should I send my letter of recommendation and resume?
There is no need to submit them at the time of the application.
If there is any progress in the selection process, we will contact you, so please prepare them in advance.
When will the results be announced?
The final selection results will be known by the end of August at the latest.
Applicants who did not pass the screening process will also be notified of the results by e-mail.
Until then, please wait to be contacted.
What is the flow after applying, and how are the internship host companies decided?
We will first screen all the document and conduct a first-round of interviews (in local language/English/Japanese), followed by a second-round of interviews (Japanese/English). From among those who passed the final selection, we will chose and recommend the individuals that meet the needs of the hosting company.
If there is a match, we will inform the candidate about it. Upon mutual agreement, the internship will be confirmed. Please check the "business flow" for more details.
Is it possible to get a job at the company after the internship?
The program is a mere internship and, in principle, does not work as a platform to get a job. However, there have been cases in the past where interns were hired by the host companies.
Are there any costs associated with participating in the internship?
There are no costs. The participation allowance is as follows:
・Transport costs to training facilities
・Allowance (for lunch and drinks expenses): ¥1,000 per day depending on the number of days of the internship activities.
・Lending of communication devices such as PC, Wi-Fi.
・Allowance (for lunch and drinks expenses): equivalent to ¥1,000 per day in local currency, depending on the number of days of the internship activities.
・Transport costs to training facilities and accommodation during training
・ Allowance (for living, lunch and drinks expenses): ¥3,000 per day depending on the number of days of stay.
・Provision of round-trip air tickets (economy class), travel insurance for visiting Japan and assistance for obtaining the visa.
*The host company will take care of the living environment, such as accommodation and transportation to and from the company.
In what kind of companies can I do an internship?
Companies are limited to small and medium-sized enterprises throughout Japan, and they come from various industries and regions. We are recruiting both interns and companies at the same time, and if you are selected as an intern, we will choose a company that matches your skills and abilities. Please click here to check examples of past internships".
Can I choose the internship period?
The internship period varies depending on the program you participate in.
Please choose the course and period that suits your schedule.
You can check the overall calendar on this page for more details.
Can I go to Japan?
In the "Visiting Internship Course" (C Course), you will come to Japan to participate in the internship.
You can experience job hunting in Japan and learn about Japanese culture and lifestyle.
For more details, please check this page.
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